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Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/8/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It was 33 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale this morning, and the entire world was procuring ingredients for soup at Whole Foods. I was no different as I picked up some fresh and perfect ingredients for classic New England chowder.

Mexican Seafood Cocktail

Mexican Seafood Cocktail

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A Shrimp Cocktail has meant the meal is special ever since The Sixties. This version bathes the shrimp and or crab in a creamy and slightly smoky chipotle sauce. The wow factor comes from serving them in a martini or wine glass. It's a super easy to eat dish that people really enjoy.

Green Chile Cheese Puff

Green Chile Cheese Puff

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The Fresh Market was roasting Hatch Green Chilies in front of the store this afternoon and I picked up a big container to make this amazing cheesy puff. BE. Careful. to. not. get. DOWNWIND. of roasting chilies.

Bariatric Tuna Sub

Bariatric Tuna Sub

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Remember when you were a kid and you hung onto that dollar because you wanted to make sure you spent it on something good? Same thing here. You don't want to spend your valuable pouch space on bread when the tuna is the protein star.

'Better than Burger' Kebabs

'Better than Burger' Kebabs

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/2/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These are a sort of ‘meatloaf on a stick’ that I can cook in minutes using my grill pan. If you don’t have one, you can use a skillet or broiler. I like the bamboo skewers so no one at the table feels cheated that there isn’t a bun!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Super good!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Super good!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/13/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A good tasting dish in its own right. Calling it pizza does not make it so, but this 'Pizza' flavored round is fresh, mild and has a cheesy goodness with none of the qualities for which cauliflower is disliked. I think you will like it if you don't go at it thinking you have found no carb pizza. Have reasonable expectations and you will love it!

Pork Stuffed Mini Peppers

Pork Stuffed Mini Peppers

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/28/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Telling someone that a food or dish is low carb, healthy, low calorie, fat free, even paleo is ‘the kiss of death’ for many people. Folks are afraid of ‘diet food', especially anything bariatric and sometimes wont even taste your food.

Minute Lasagna Roll

Minute Lasagna Roll

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/27/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This simple two minute dish is easy to eat at any bariatric stage, contains high quality high protein, is low/no carb and TASTES LIKE LASAGNA! Do not be intimidated that we call it a crepe, its just an egg. Okay, so this is technically a Manicotti. Enjoy.

Eggplant Ricotta Bake

Eggplant Ricotta Bake

Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  8/16/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This version eliminates the 'frying' step, instead the eggplant is roasted, which concentrates the flavor. While not traditional, I love the added ricotta 'lasagna' layer that serves as the protein. I like the eggplant to shine, so I do not add too many herbs or spices. A wonderful dish!

Sheet Pan Meal: Spatchcocked Game Hen

Sheet Pan Meal: Spatchcocked Game Hen

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/15/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is also called Spatchcocking, I don't know WHY, but it is! I put the game hen on my cutting board and with my big chefs knife cut through the breast bone and then flatten it out. You can also ask them to do it for you at the meat counter in your supermarket. I love Cornish Game Hens, they are super juicy.

FAQ: What's a Good First Soft Food? Italian Chicken in Sauce

FAQ: What's a Good First Soft Food? Italian Chicken in Sauce

Susan Maria Leach  /  7/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

IF you are searching for a way to make that jump from smooth creamy pureés to soft foods and have NO idea how to do it, please let me give you the gift of this recipe. It is a technique for braising that you can have in your pocket for the rest of your life. This meal is soft and delicious and makes chicken easy to eat for ANYONE. I promise.

Sheet Pan Meal: Chicken & Corn Roast

Sheet Pan Meal: Chicken & Corn Roast

Susan Maria Leach  /  6/25/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Omg... corn? Oh no, not evil corn. Yes, corn... cutting an ear of fresh corn into rounds gives everyone a taste and adds about 3 carbs to your meal. THREE CARBS! It's clean and fresh and flavorful and tastes so good with the pan juices. What a meal... try this one.

Seafood Fra Diavolo

Seafood Fra Diavolo

Susan Maria Leach  /  6/21/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

You can use mussels and shrimp as I have chosen for this version, or create your own favorite, using scallops, clams, crab, or even a whole fish filet or cubes of a firm fish such as swordfish or mahi.

Savory Ricotta Fritters

Savory Ricotta Fritters

Susan Maria Leach  /  6/17/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Ummm, soft and tender and delicious. High protein, very low carb Ricotta Fritters. Watched Jamie Olive make this recipe with a much greater flourish! Here's the basic version I eat for lunch at my desk.